A week shy of the new Sept. 1 fiscal year, Jacksonville ISD trustees adopted a $55,364,488 budget and the $1.395 tax rate that will generate revenue for it.
The newly adopted budget is higher than the previous year due in part to House Bill 3 – legislative action focusing on salaries – as well as higher property values in Cherokee County. The proposed tax rate has decreased in direct response to HB3, with a proposed M&O rate of 97 cents (the portion of the tax rate that decreased by seven cents due to legislative action), while an I&S rate of 42.5 cents remains unchanged.
The 2019-20 overall budget is comprised of three parts: The largest is the general fund budget, set at $45,992.425; the food service budget is $2,733,556, while the debt service budget is $6,638,507.
“We are pleased with the additional $5 million our state legislature provided,” said JISD superintendent, Dr. Chad Kelly. “The additional dollars will help attract and retain teachers.”
A public hearing held prior to the board's vote did not draw any comments from those in attendance, nor did a separate public hearing regarding the JISD's accelerated funding and success rate, which also was adopted, Moake said.
Following an executive session, trustees voted in open session to consider temporary possible changes to the superintendent's contract, she said.
In other action, school board members:
• Adopted the 2019-20 compensation plan;
• Adopted a resolution approving commitment of general and special revenue funds and fund balance;
• Approved Budget Amendment No. 19-02;
• Approved separate attendance incentive plans for the middle school and high school for the upcoming school year; and
• Approved a consent agenda that included minutes from a July 29 regular board meeting and workshop; various reports; the district's 2019-20 Student Code of Conduct.
The meeting also included the most recent graduation of the district's Empowerment Academy, in which 15 students received their diploma.
Trustees Randy McCown and Micah Hoffpauir were not present at Monday's meeting, said Calah Moake, administrative assistant to the superintendent.